Rebecca Egelston Caso to Lead Plano ISD Education Foundation
as 2013-14 President
September 6, 2013
Rebecca Egelston Caso, who served as board president elect of the Plano ISD Education Foundation during the 2012-13 school year and whose volunteer efforts earned her the national Athena Award for assisting women in realizing their full potential, has been announced as board president of the Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.
As a nonprofit organization, the Plano ISD Education Foundation works to generate private support for priority projects identified by Plano ISD for which tax dollars are not available. The mission of the organization is helping all students in Plano public schools achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. All contributions to the Foundation remain within the school district.
An active community and district volunteer, Ms. Egelston Caso said, “The Plano ISD Education Foundation’s support of Plano ISD is more important than ever during these difficult economic times. Plano public schools are the cornerstone of our community. Despite the state legislators' severe budget cuts to public education funding, many corporate and community partners are meeting the challenge to give. We feel confident that they will continue to support our school system and that the Foundation will continue with plans for aggressive growth and development.”
Ms. Egelston Caso also outlined the Foundation’s upcoming endeavors to ensure continued growth. “Our Foundation is mindful of the challenges that the Plano ISD administration and the Board of Trustees face in maintaining the exceptional reputation of our district despite the continued budget cuts in public education. We are excited to help the Foundation reach the next level in its efforts to provide support to PISD so we can deliver on the high expectations of our community. I personally look forward to working with the corporate and parent communities of PISD to increase awareness of and support for the Foundation during the 2013-2014 year.”
She continued, “This year, we will be focused on continuing to expand our depth of giving in the community. The Foundation will continue its efforts to increase corporate support while focusing on growing individual support through initiatives such as the community honor roll and building the alumni network. In addition, as part of the strategic plan, the Foundation will focus on increasing awareness of our brand in the community.”
Mitch Bramlett, outgoing Foundation president, said, “Rebecca Egelston Caso’s efforts and leadership as president elect last year helped to raise nearly 1.2 million dollars for public education and for programs benefiting Plano ISD students, teachers and families. I am confident that, with her leadership, expertise and spirit of service, she will take this most vital organization to even higher levels of support for our district.”
Carlos Sastoque, Foundation Executive Director, said, “Our Foundation volunteers are among the most energetic, dedicated and creative people in our community. Plano ISD is fortunate to have dynamic leaders such as Rebecca Egelston Caso who inspire others to join in partnership with the Foundation to support Plano schools.”
About Rebecca Egelston Caso
Rebecca Egelston Caso served on the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors as development chair during the 2012-13 school year. She has served on the board since 2007 and held other executive roles including board secretary 2011-12, Ski Plano Gala Chair 2011, and Ski Plano Gala Co-Chair 2010.
A certified trainer in Essential Facilitation and Facilitative Leadership, Ms. Egelston Caso is very passionate when it comes to helping Texas non-profit organizations build capacity and strategically plan for their future for more than 20 years. For the past seven years, she has been training women to develop stronger leadership, public speaking and facilitation skills.
A long time community leader, Ms. Egelston Caso’s volunteer involvement includes serving on several boards such as Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Children First! Collin County Coalition Steering Committee, Junior League of Collin County, Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, Collin County Medical Reserve Corps, Plano Symphony Orchestra Advisory Council and CASA of Collin County Advisory Board.
At the regional level, Ms. Egelston Caso served on the North Central Texas Council of Governments Comprehensive Community Plan Panel, the United Way of Metroplex Dallas Community Needs Assessment Committee and the Children’s Medical Center Beyond ABC Advisory Board for the North Texas Corridor. At the state level, she served as advisor for the Governor’s Victims’ Services Coalition and the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division Strategic Planning Task Force. She is a member of the Texas Interpersonal Violence Prevention Commission.
Rebecca has received recognition for her volunteer service, including the Athena Award, a national award given to women who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential. She has received the Volunteer of the Year Award for Civic/Community Leadership by the Volunteer Center of Collin County and the inaugural Rebecca Caso Bridge Builder Award, an award created in her honor by the Collin County Council on Family Violence, recognizing individuals who demonstrate an unselfish commitment to addressing the greater good and possessing the ability to bring together differing views and perspectives while creating an atmosphere of true collaboration. She recently received the Founder’s Award from Health Services of North Texas and the Excellence In Service: Lifetime Impact Award from the Junior League of Collin County.
Rebecca was honored as one of the Top Ten Women of Collin County for her work with Children’s Medical Center. She is also a Life Member of the Texas Parent Teacher Association.
2013-14 Foundation Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of business and community leaders who work to maintain excellence in the Plano schools. In addition to President Rebecca Egelston Caso, the 2013-14 officers are: Harvey Fishero, President Elect, Jaime Beringer, Secretary, and David Doyle, Treasurer.
Foundation Directors for 2013-14 school year are: Chris Bragg, Mitch Bramlett, Jean Callison, Melissa Chung, Rodney Davenport, Mary Jo Dean, Marshall Jackson, Babita Jain, Marshall V. Johnson, Robin Joseph-Williams, Cathy Larson, Don McClure, Jim McGee, Amy Medford, Angela Miner, Joa Muns, Dennis Oliver, Kelly Palmer, Raj Rao, Lisa Raskin, Jan Rugg, Kathy Schell, Kandi Sigona, Sheri Steele, Rob Sumner, Michael Ursto, Mike Van de Ven and Beth Webb.
Ex-Officio members include: Carlos Sastoque, Executive Director, Richard Matkin, Plano ISD Superintendent of Schools, Missy Bender, Representative, Plano ISD Board of Trustees and Rhonda Snyder, Representative, Plano PTA Council. The Foundation Board of Honor includes the Late Jim Boswell, Sharon Goldblatt, Rutledge Haggard, Rebecca Morris, Joan Slater and John Wroten.
The Plano Independent School District continues to work closely with the Plano ISD Education Foundation to ensure academic success of all Plano ISD students. For further information or to make a donation, visit the Plano ISD Web site at www.pisdeducationfoundation.org or contact Plano ISD Education Foundation at 469-752-8272.
About the Plano ISD Education Foundation
The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with the mission to help all students in Plano public schools achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. The Foundation provides grants to educators, programs that support academic enrichment to Plano ISD students, emergency assistance for teachers and staff members in crisis, as well as programs aimed at recruiting and retaining quality teachers. To learn more about the Plano ISD Education Foundation, contact Executive Director Carlos Sastoque at 469-752-8272.
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“The Plano ISD Education Foundation’s support of Plano ISD is more important than ever during these difficult economic times. Plano public schools are the cornerstone of our community. Despite the state legislators' severe budget cuts to public education funding, many corporate and community partners are meeting the challenge to give. We feel confident that they will continue to support our school system and that the Foundation will continue with plans for aggressive growth and development.”
~ Rebecca Egelston Caso
2013-14 President, Plano ISD Education Foundation